Energy Saving

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Energy Saving Infographic

energy saving infographic

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This post comes to you in collaboration with Zenith Homes.  Please see my disclosure page for more information. 

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I love a good infographic.  This energy saving infographic from Zenith Homes is pretty good if you’re planning on upgrading your boiler or doing any improvements to the exterior of your home.   From replacing your windows or doors, to installing solar panels or externally insulating your walls, it’s really handy to see how much you might save on your energy bills just by carrying out these home improvements:

home improvements energy saving infographic

A word on externally insulating your property, as most people aren’t too familiar with it.  This is one option if you live in a solid walled home – typically built before 1920 – and involves rendering the outside of your home.  As it involves altering the exterior of your home then if you live in a conservation area you generally won’t be able to externally insulate your property.  If you do live in in conservation area then instead you can internally insulate your walls, but it is quite pricey to do this and you will have to completely redecorate!

However, if you’re not in a conservation area then in the long term you can save a heap of energy and money externally insulating your home in this way, as solid walls let through twice as much heat as cavity walls do.  If you’re in doubt as to whether you have cavity walls (the kind that you insulate by drilling into the wall) or solid walls then here’s a handy diagram from the Energy Saving Trust to help you out.

Energy Saving, Home and Garden

Save Energy With One Simple Step #12

Another timely save energy with one simple step post.

This time, how do you dry your clothes at this time of year?  Draped over a radiator?  Well, tip number 12 is:

clothes horse save energy

Use a clothes horse.  Although perhaps not quite as literally as this photo of Shetland ponies actually wearing cardigans suggests…!

Hanging wet clothes on your radiator makes your boiler work harder, meaning it uses more energy to heat your home and costs you more money, whereas a clothes horse allows warm air to circulate freely around the room.  I know it’s not always easy – we live in a tiny house with barely any room for clothes horses.  Our tiny kitchen is rammed full of them, to the point where we struggle to get past them, and sometimes desperation calls for me to dry clothes on my radiators, but I try to keep it to the odd desperate occasion rather than an everyday thing.

In our previous flat, we were lucky enough to have quite high ceilings, and had an original ceiling mounted pulley for drying clothes.  It was amazing for drying clothes and sheets – if you’ve got high ceilings I cannot recommend them enough.  You can pick them up easily online from £12 (the cheaper ones come without the wooden slats for easy postage – you can then get wood cut to fit at your local wood merchants).  And they have a nice vintage look to them if you’re into that kind of thing.

While we’re on the subject of clothes and laundry, check your washing machine.  I had a recent revelation: my washing machine’s standard wash cycle spins my clothes at 1200 rpm, but it’s maximum spin is 1400 rpm.  Upon realising this (just the other week!),  after the cycle is done I set it to do a 1400 rpm spin to get the last drops of water out.  I’ve found this signficantly reduces the time it takes to either tumble dry my clothes (I know, I know, but I use it sparingly) or dry them on the airer (reducing the chances of that nasty “took too long to dry” smell.  Which makes me very happy indeed.  It’s the little things in life!

New reader?  Tips 1 – 11 can be found here if you’re looking for more easy energy saving tips.

And here is a great interactive webpage on saving energy around the home full of great tips that you might be interested in – athough it does suggest to dry clothes on radiators, when we all now know a clothes horse is the way forward!

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